by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
With the recent signing of former world champion boxer James Toney to a UFC contract, speculation has run rampant on who would be his first opponent in the Octagon. Sites quickly began to square in on Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday squashed such speculation by announcing that Kimbo would instead make his Canadian debut on May 8, facing fellow “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” cast member Matt Mitrione.
Kimbo (4-1) made his official Octagon debut on the season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” defeating veteran fighter Houston Alexander by unanimous decision.
Mitrione (1-0), an NFL veteran, also fought his first bout for the promotion on the Season 10 finale by knocking out Marcus Jones.
The bout will serve as part of the supporting cast for UFC 113 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. A rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua headlines the card.